By Andrew Hood
Portuguese rider Hugo Sabido (Paredes-Beira Támega) upset some biggernames to take the final stage and the overall title as the Tour of theAlgarve wrapped up Sunday.
A year ago, U.S. Postal Service swept to victory with Floyd Landis.Discovery Channel tried to use the same strategy with José LuisRubiera, but “Chechu” couldn’t quite match the pace set by Sabido in thefinal ramps of the Cat. 2 climb in the 165km stage from Lagoa to Alto doMalhao.
Rubiera earned a spot on the final podium thanks to his efforts, takingthird just behind Stuart O’Grady (Cofidis), who finished second overallto Sabido by 10 seconds. Only 47 riders started Sunday as a group of 84finished outside the time limit in Saturday’s stage.
Volto ao Algarve (Por 2.1), Lagoa to Alto do Malhao,165km
1. Bruno Sabido (Por), Paredes-Beira Tamega 4h21:45
2. José Luis Rubiera (Spa), Discovery Channel +0:15
3. Jurgen van de Walle (Bel), Landbouwkrediet +0:18
4. Héctor Guerra (Spa), LA-Librety s.t.
5. Pedro Lopes (Por), LA-Liberty s.t.Final overall standings
1. Bruno Sabido (Por), Paredes-Beira Tamega 21h44:57
2. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Cofidis +0:10
3. José Luis Rubiera (Spa), Discovery Channel +0:20
4. Pedro Lopes (Por), LA-Liberty +0:25
5. Jurgen van de Walle (Bel), Landbouwkrediet s.t.
Gardeyn wins Haribo
Belgians continued their good luck streak in France, with Gorik Gardeyn(Mr Bookmaker) win the final sprint in Sunday’s Classic Haribo.
Gardeyn held of Lilian Jegou (FDJeux.com) and Alessandro Ballan(Lampre-Caffita) to win the 188km race from Uzès to Marseille. Therace is the second in the French Cup series and comes a day after BelgianPhilippe Gilbert won the Tour du Haut-Var.
Classic Haribo (FRA 1.1), Uzès to Marseille,188km
1. Gorik Gardeyn (Bel), Mr. Bookmaker 4h40:03
2. Lilian Jegou (Fra), FDJeux.com
3. Alessandro Ballan (Ita), Lampre-Caffita – all same time
4. Ludovic Auger (Fra), FDJ +0:06
5. Danilo Hondo (Ger), Gerolsteiner s.t.